Leading stayer Mr Dinos is likely to kick off his 2004 campaign in Thursday’s Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup.
Paul Cole’s charge is one of 14 horses entered for the Group Two contest held on the closing day of York’s Dante meeting.
Mr Dinos, a five-year-old, ran away with last year’s Gold Cup at Ascot, coming home six-lengths ahead of Persian Punch, although he got stuck in the mud in the Prix du Cadran – Casinos Barriere on his only start since.
“He’s an intended runner, unless the ground goes very soft,” Cole told the Racing Post.
“It’s probably not his trip but he is in tip-top form. I couldn’t be more pleased with the way he looks and he’s working well, although it has been difficult planning the work with the near-waterlogged gallops.”
The Desert King entire has not raced below two miles since finishing fifth in the 2002 St Leger and is entered for repeat victories in both the bonusprint.com Henry II Stakes and the Gold Cup.
Possible rivals in York’s 14 furlong contest include Alcazar, Millenary, Gamut and the Godolphin pair Fight Your Corner and Highest.